Weekly Report - 29 August 2019 (WR-19-34)

Brazil in disrepute as fires burn in the Amazon

President Jair Bolsonaro’s reputation abroad has been severely damaged by his response to an international outcry over the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon. Bolsonaro’s initial denial of the severity of fires currently burning in forests across Brazil, including in the Amazon, has notably led to a very public spat with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. As well as affecting Brazil’s image, the fallout could have consequences for the country’s foreign trade and has also sparked a wider debate over the stewardship and conservation of the Amazon rainforest, as international concern over the state of the environment grows.

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